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Financial Strategy

About the Level 4 Financial Strategy Certificate

Financial strategists working in corporations and firms are responsible for making key financial assessments on behalf of the organisation. On a day to day basis, a financial strategist must analyse sets of financial data in order to make educated recommendations about the best way to handle a business’ funds and generate profit.

During the course of the qualification, Stonebridge College’s students will complete six engaging modules. These online home study units have been designed build on a student’s pre-existing financial knowledge and familiarise them with all of the key issues and concepts in the field. Altogether, the course should take approximately 120 hours to complete.

Who should study this course?

This Level 4 home learning course has been designed to build on our finance and accounting qualification. However, as there are no entry requirements for this course, it is not essential that students complete this qualification first.

As long as students have an interest in financial strategy, the motivation to engage in independent home study, and a way to access our interactive e-learning materials, then they are free to enrol today.

What happens after the course?

On successful completion of this financial strategy course, students will have a broader understanding of how strategic financial analysis works. They will also feel more comfortable working with and discussing corporate finance and strategy.

Those who want to work as a financial strategist will first need to gain a higher level qualification, such as financial strategy degree course. This course will certainly give students a head start in their studies and could eventually lead them to a career in:

  • Financial strategy
  • Accounting
  • Investments

For more information about this course, give us a call on this number: 0121 392 8288

On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:

Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Financial Strategy Diploma

Financial Strategy Diploma issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.

Certificate 2 is issued by Quality Licence Scheme: Level 4 Financial Strategy Certificate of Achievement

At the end of this course successful learners will be given the option to receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Stonebridge Associated Colleges has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed Stonebridge Associated Colleges to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

To view a sample of the Certificate of Achievement, please click here.

Requirements for Entry

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Professional Membership

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

Stonebridge

On successful completion of your course your qualification is awarded. You will receive an attractively presented Diploma or Certificate issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, this will also allow you to use the letters SAC. Dip. or SAC. Cert. after your name.

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the leading (and biggest) distance education colleges in the U.K and internationally. We have many thousands of students studying with us at any one time from locations all over the world. Our diplomas will always count towards your future, and will improve your prospects of future employment or higher level study etc. by proving that you have studied to a certain level, that you have proficiency in your chosen subjects and that you are interested in your field of choice. Education is always an investment in your future and you will find this to be the case with our qualifications in your jurisdiction.

Unit 1: Introductory Issues and Concepts

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Role of the financial manager
  • The finance decision
  • Concept of value
  • Value determinants
  • Risk-return trade-off
  • The accountant versus the strategist
  • Delivering value
  • Limitations on value-creating behaviour
  • Corporate governance
  • Summary

Unit 2: Company Valuation

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Valuation of quoted companies
  • Valuing unquoted companies using alternative valuation techniques
  • Shareholder value analysis (SVA)
  • Summary

Unit 3: Investment Decisions

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Investment decisions and appraisal methods
  • Investment appraisal techniques
  • Discounting methods/discounted cash flow (DCF)
  • Applications of project appraisal
  • Risk and uncertainty in project appraisal
  • Summary

Unit 4: Financing Decisions

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Financial planning
  • Working capital management
  • Sources of long-term finanace
  • Summary

Unit 5: Required Return on Investment

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Cost of debt
  • Cost of equity (Return required by shareholders)
  • Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)
  • Required rate of return when equity and debt are combined
  • Gearing and company value
  • Summary

Unit 6: Delivering Value

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Total shareholder return (TSR)
  • Theories of dividend policy
  • Evaluation of the irrelevance argument
  • Objections to divided irrelevence
  • Divided policy: key determinants
  • Share buy-backs
  • Summary

For a more detailed syllabus on this course, click here

Assessment Method

After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00).

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00).
OUR PASS RATE
Accounting and Finance
97.2%
(National Average 60.7%)

Financial Strategy

About the Level 4 Financial Strategy Certificate

Financial strategists working in corporations and firms are responsible for making key financial assessments on behalf of the organisation. On a day to day basis, a financial strategist must analyse sets of financial data in order to make educated recommendations about the best way to handle a business’ funds and generate profit.

During the course of the qualification, Stonebridge College’s students will complete six engaging modules. These online home study units have been designed build on a student’s pre-existing financial knowledge and familiarise them with all of the key issues and concepts in the field. Altogether, the course should take approximately 120 hours to complete.

Who should study this course?

This Level 4 home learning course has been designed to build on our finance and accounting qualification. However, as there are no entry requirements for this course, it is not essential that students complete this qualification first.

As long as students have an interest in financial strategy, the motivation to engage in independent home study, and a way to access our interactive e-learning materials, then they are free to enrol today.

What happens after the course?

On successful completion of this financial strategy course, students will have a broader understanding of how strategic financial analysis works. They will also feel more comfortable working with and discussing corporate finance and strategy.

Those who want to work as a financial strategist will first need to gain a higher level qualification, such as financial strategy degree course. This course will certainly give students a head start in their studies and could eventually lead them to a career in:

  • Financial strategy
  • Accounting
  • Investments

For more information about this course, give us a call on this number: 0121 392 8288

Accounting and Finance
OUR PASS RATE
(National Average 60.7%)
97.2%

On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:

Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Financial Strategy Diploma

Financial Strategy Diploma issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.

Certificate 2 is issued by Quality Licence Scheme: Level 4 Financial Strategy Certificate of Achievement

At the end of this course successful learners will be given the option to receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Stonebridge Associated Colleges has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed Stonebridge Associated Colleges to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

To view a sample of the Certificate of Achievement, please click here.

Requirements for Entry

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Professional Membership

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

Stonebridge

On successful completion of your course your qualification is awarded. You will receive an attractively presented Diploma or Certificate issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, this will also allow you to use the letters SAC. Dip. or SAC. Cert. after your name.

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the leading (and biggest) distance education colleges in the U.K and internationally. We have many thousands of students studying with us at any one time from locations all over the world. Our diplomas will always count towards your future, and will improve your prospects of future employment or higher level study etc. by proving that you have studied to a certain level, that you have proficiency in your chosen subjects and that you are interested in your field of choice. Education is always an investment in your future and you will find this to be the case with our qualifications in your jurisdiction.

Unit 1: Introductory Issues and Concepts

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Role of the financial manager
  • The finance decision
  • Concept of value
  • Value determinants
  • Risk-return trade-off
  • The accountant versus the strategist
  • Delivering value
  • Limitations on value-creating behaviour
  • Corporate governance
  • Summary

Unit 2: Company Valuation

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Valuation of quoted companies
  • Valuing unquoted companies using alternative valuation techniques
  • Shareholder value analysis (SVA)
  • Summary

Unit 3: Investment Decisions

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Investment decisions and appraisal methods
  • Investment appraisal techniques
  • Discounting methods/discounted cash flow (DCF)
  • Applications of project appraisal
  • Risk and uncertainty in project appraisal
  • Summary

Unit 4: Financing Decisions

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Financial planning
  • Working capital management
  • Sources of long-term finanace
  • Summary

Unit 5: Required Return on Investment

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Cost of debt
  • Cost of equity (Return required by shareholders)
  • Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)
  • Required rate of return when equity and debt are combined
  • Gearing and company value
  • Summary

Unit 6: Delivering Value

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Total shareholder return (TSR)
  • Theories of dividend policy
  • Evaluation of the irrelevance argument
  • Objections to divided irrelevence
  • Divided policy: key determinants
  • Share buy-backs
  • Summary

For a more detailed syllabus on this course, click here

Assessment Method

After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00).

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00).
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